Current weight: 137.8
Weight Last Week: 134.8 lbs
Weekly Weight Gained: +3 lbs
Starting weight: 141.6 lbs
Current weight: 185.8
Weight Last Week: 185.6 lbs
Weekly Weight Gained: +0.2 lbs
Starting weight: 197 lbs
I was on the road traveling for literally all of last week, so it was an “Off” week for us both. I was attending work events where the meals were on a different schedule than I normally eat – not to mention different time zones – so I would end up overeating, especially when dinner was served late at night. Plus, all of the options were so delicious and plentiful that it was a challenge to practice healthy moderation while feeling hungry and tired. Add to that the fact that I was washing every meal down with cocktails, and it’s no surprise that I am feeling a little bloated this week. 😉 Jai’s weight stayed right around the same range – he was dealing with a lot of paperwork and projects while I was gone, which ended up tying up his time and interfered with his jogging schedule. He also splurged while I was gone and bought a bag of avocados, which he ate quite a few of in one sitting. 😉 I know it doesn’t sound much, but usually we limit our daily avocado intake because they are considered a limited “Extra” on the plan due to the fat content. Jai and I have joked that we know Nutrisystem really works to change your mindset, because now we consider eating avocados and extra hummus with vegetables to be a “Cheat”. 😉
But rather than just focusing on what I consider to be an inevitable fluctuation up, I’d also like to talk about what I did right. Although I knew that most of the week would be spent at events where meals would be served, I carefully planned ahead to any time where I would not be at an event so that I could bring my own Nutrisystem entrees and program-friendly snacks. I looked at my itinerary and drew up a list of how much food I needed and made sure to pack it all in my suitcase the night before I left. I made up my own bags of PowerFuels/SmartCarbs for snacks – a peanut and raisin mix – and also brought along some unusual plastic dinnerware. Did you know that plastic skeleton hands are the perfect size for grabbing meatballs?
I stuck to my plan in the airport, although I got derailed at a few points. When I got on my first flight, they announced over the intercom that there was someone with a peanut allergy on board, so the passengers were asked to please not eat any peanuts on the plane. Ooops, so much for my trail mix! I could have eaten one of my Nutrisystem desserts instead, but they were in my suitcase that the crew had me gate check because they ran out of room on the plane. Oops again! So at this point, I felt completely justified in eating the little cookies that the stewardess gave me. 😉
During my travels, I had one free day to go sight-seeing, and I packed my NS food along with me. Not only was I able to stick to the plan, but it was so much easier to have food already in my bag than having to track down a restaurant and stop what I was doing – it saved me money and also allowed me more time to look around! I have a good memory of walking around downtown Montgomery, Alabama, eating a Nutrisystem lunch bar while drinking a Diet Dr. Wham (The south’s answer to Mr. Pibb) and getting caught in intermittent rain downpours while walking to the Hank Williams Museum. The adventure is all part of the fun of traveling!
Speaking of walking, let’s also talk about exercise. I’ve always had a hard time exercising while I travel, and not because I don’t want to – the hotels I stay at usually have great gyms on site. But media events involve a lot of walking and standing, and my knees/joints hurt enough at the end just from that, so I don’t want to literally hurt myself exercising – not to mention that I pretty much get zero sleep on trips as it is, so do I really want to spend an extra hour exercising at 3 AM? But I recently found this awesome video that show MMA champ Ronda Rousey’s ab workout, and it’s one of the best ab workouts I have ever done. I’ve never felt a burn in my abs they way I do with this one, and the best part is that it is no-impact on my legs and can be done in minutes with no equipment (Since I’m not doing the medicine ball part). So the first few mornings of my trip, I would do this workout at 4:30 in the morning in my hotel before getting ready for the day – I think I deserve some props for that. 😉 The only reason I stopped is that half way through the week, a flight delay almost caused me to miss my flight, so I was RUNNING through the Atlanta airport like a bat out of Hades, carrying two heavy bags on my shoulder because this was the same day that my suitcase decided to break. Once I made it to my gate, I was standing there in a business suit, literally dripping with sweat and hyperventilating. I made my flight, which was the important thing, but when I woke up the next morning I could barely move because my back hurt so badly. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to walk, but after copious amounts of ibuprofen, a lot of stretching and a nice hot shower, I was good to go and then spend that entire day walking all over Montgomery sightseeing. Suffice to say, I didn’t want to push it, so I haven’t done my ab workout since getting home because my back is still sore, although I’m feeling much better today so I’ll be back to my normal routine this week.
How do you manage your eating habits on the road?